Calving season is in full swing! We welcome a handful of new calves each day and with a 7-day forecast of warm temps and clear skies, I’m predicting plenty of action in the calving barn.
There is a lot that goes into welcoming a new calf to the world and ensuring it remains healthy. We watch for cows that are showing signs of labor or pre-labor and remove them from the herd into a calving pens. We assist if needed but most mothers give birth with no help from us. We keep mother and calf together for 24 hours to ensure they like each other, claim each other and that the calf is eating. Mothers can tell their calves by their scent and baby calves know the voice of their mother and come running when she calls.
When it seems both mother and baby are happy and healthy, we move them to pasture to give them room to play and grow. In just a few weeks, the pasture surrounding our house will be home to several dozen mother cows and baby calves. That means we get to spend the next three months watching the calves run, jump and figure out the world around them.
Stay tuned for more adventures from our new crop of baby calves.